World of Faith

What is Charismatic? – Introduction | December 17, 2006

Recently, in a few blogs in which I comment, the topic has come up that I am a charismatic, and believe in “charismatic theology,” or “Pentecostal theology,” which really are two different concepts, to be explored later in this series. This is the first part of several in which I am going to explore the topic “What is Charismatic,” i.e. what do charismatic Christians believe. The first installment of this series will be released later this evening as “Baptized into Christ,” which is what happens to us when we accept Christ as our Lord and Savior, and are saved, born-again, and regenrated, and the indwelling Holy Spirit comes to live in our spirits. This will be hopefully a foundational and unifying discussion that will continue over the next several weeks. Future installments will discuss at length other subjects, including water baptism, the baptism in (or infilling of) the Holy Spirit, spiritual gifts, and the importance, and perhaps necessity, of having a prayer language (praying in tongues) in one’s life. All of this and more will be featured here, as the “World of Faith” blog hopes to define “What is Charismatic.”

Before I start this in earnest, I’d like to share some information about myself to my readers, and those who might comment here. I am a charismatic, non-denominational Christian. I am a member of a non-denominational, charismatic church based in Edmond, OK, which is a member of two different ministerial organizations, one based in La Salle, Ill., and the other in Tulsa. Thus, my theology, as I present here for all to see, is thoroughly charismatic and faith-oriented, thus the title of my blog, “World of Faith.” I share this so you will know my background, and understand the approach I will be taking in the next several weeks here.

Please feel free to leave your comments and questions, and I’ll be glad to respond to them in turn. My hope here is to bridge the gap, and help all of us come to a greater knowledge of the truth and what the Word of God speaks to these issues.

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7 Comments »

  1. Hi Jonathan. Welcome to the blog-writing world. I hope to get better acquainted with you over time. And I’m keen to know more about the New Wine fellowship and Abba’s House. I have browsed their web site and exchanged emails with their Youth Pastor.

    Blessings!

    Comment by Todd Nelson — December 18, 2006 @ 4:35 am

  2. Welcome Todd to my blog. While personally I am in no way affiliated with Abba’s House Church or the Fresh Fire/New Wine fellowship, I do watch, on occasion, Pastor Ron Phillip’s television program, when the topic is of interest to me.

    Forthcoming is the first installment of my series, and I hope you will enjoy it. Please stop by at any time.

    Also, I will add you to my blogroll, as a commenter of my blog.

    Thanks for coming and stopping by.

    God’s blessings,
    Jonathan

    Comment by Jonathan — December 18, 2006 @ 7:42 am

  3. I’m very excited about this series, Jonathan. As you know, I have often posted the question of what is charismatic on other blogs. The main reason i have is in line with your purpose on this blog. I hope to bring Christians together rather than apart. It seems that often we stereotype things we know nothing to little about or don’t understand and don’t even realize we are doing so.

    Comment by Bryan Riley — December 27, 2006 @ 9:14 pm

  4. Thanks Bryan for your comments. I agree that people often stereotype the unknown. However, that’s why I am presenting this blog from a solidly charismtic perspective… a lot of non-charismatics believe being “charismatic” has to do with an excited worship style, or something like that. It really doesn’t, although that is part of the package. Being “charismatic” is more about a packaged theology, just like being, eh, well, fill-in-the-blank your persuasion.

    I hope you enjoy the series and my blog, because the next several posts will probably generate some controversy. πŸ™‚

    Comment by Jonathan — December 27, 2006 @ 9:56 pm

  5. I hope you understand that I wrote that about an excited worship style to make a point, not because that is what I believe of charismatics. I have been defending aspects of what some would call charismatic in my writing on other blogs, whether it is clear or not.

    Comment by bwriley4 — December 28, 2006 @ 2:42 am

  6. Bryan,

    Yeah, I do understand that you wrote about that to make a point. I think we’re trying to make the same point, just in different ways. πŸ™‚

    And I am glad to see you defend what others call charismatic on other blogs, as well.

    I am just trying to define charismatic, as I see it, as someone “inside the camp” so to speak.

    Thanks again for comments.

    Comment by Jonathan — December 28, 2006 @ 5:09 am

  7. Jonathan, good that I found this web site, my name is Ammar living in North of Iraq.
    A friend of mine want to know more about the word Chrismatic. Please eamil me for if I need other questions I will ask you again.
    My friend in from Yazedy backround (the worship angels-Satan).
    Lord bless you.

    Comment by Ammar — December 18, 2007 @ 6:28 pm


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